Nike Boys Basketball Camp Berry College
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Georgia's popular overnight camp located northwest of Atlanta returns! Train with the Berry College Basketball staff and players this summer for a challenging basketball program including on and off-court activities and discussions to help campers become better players, teammates and individuals.
The Complete Skills Camp helps players of all abilities develop athletically, refine their basketball knowledge and enhance their skill set at the post, wing or guard position.
- Emphasis on fundamental development, shooting technique and positional play
- In-depth discussions on situational play, work ethic and sportsmanship
- Receive a Nike Basketball Camp t-shirt and other prizes!
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Camp Director Thomas Johnson
Thomas Johnson just completed his first year as head coach for women's basketball at Berry College. The 2017-18 season was the first with him at the helm after serving four years as the assistant coach for the men's team.View Thomas Johnson's Bio ⟩
In his first season as the women's head coach, Johnson led his team to a 13-14 overall record, as well as a 6-8 conference record, as the Vikings finished third overall in the SAA tournament. Behind Johnson, Berry also rounded out the year with two all-conference honorees and an upset victory over top-ranked Oglethorpe University on senior night.
In his four years helping coach the men's squad, Johnson helped the Vikings earn nine All-SAA and SAA Academic Honor Roll selections including a league Newcomer-of-the-Year in his first season.
Johnson came to Berry after four years (2010-13) assisting at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn. Some of his responsibilities included player development, recruiting student- athletes, and working closely with the academic athletic director.
Johnson previously held similar positions at Samford University, Middle Tennessee State and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also was a successful high school head coach at programs in the Birmingham and Memphis areas.
Johnson earned his bachelor of science in physical education, a minor in Science Education and a minor in Driver Education while studying at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Ala.
He is married to the former Lynda Leo and has four children: Arian, Marques, Katie and Caleb.
Assistant Coach Ashley Southern
Ashley Southern was named the Berry College women's basketball team's assistant coach in September 2017. Southern joins Berry College and the women’s basketball coaching staff following a basketball career at both the collegiate and professional levels.View Ashley Southern's Bio ⟩
Southern arrives at Berry after playing in the Damen-Basketball Bundesliga League (DBBL) for the past year, a premier women’s professional basketball program out of Germany.
Southern is a graduate of Lipscomb University, where she was a three-year starter for the women’s basketball program, earning Atlantic Sun All-Conference, Atlantic Sun Newcomer of the Year and Academic All-Conference Accolades. Prior to her time at Lipscomb, Southern also competed as a member of the 2011-2012 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team.
A long-time AAU and 15U basketball coach, Southern joins Berry after receiving her Master of Integration Technology in Education from Lipscomb University in the May of 2016.
JUNE 18-22, 2018
Campers Check-in: Monday between 12pm-1:30pm at Cage Center
Closing Ceremony: Friday at 11:30am
Housing & Roommates
Campers will reside in the Clara Residence Hall dorms on campus. Campers stay two per room and are assigned by age or roommate request. If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so as soon as possible. Roommate requests are not guaranteed, if you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
Linens: Not provided
Room Key Deposit: $50 check
Suggested Spending Money: $40
There will be optional swim time throughout the week for campers. Please pack accordingly (bathing suit and pool towel).
The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities (such as movies, games and pizza parties). Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week. In addition, campers will be evaluated and then split up into smaller groups according to age and ability. Parents are invited to attend the closing ceremony! Departure immediately following.
Transportation is not provided by the camp to or from any airports. If you are flying to or from camp, we recommend using an airport shuttle service. Please schedule flights as close as you can to the check-in times on the first day and check-out times on the last day.
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. The US Sports Camps health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.
We cannot offer scholarships due to NCAA regulations. Our affiliation with NCAA coaches and schools puts us in a position where any scholarship money can be seen as an inducement to a future collegiate athlete. This puts our coaches and our host universities in jeopardy of damaging their status with the NCAA and incurring penalties at the hands of their organizing body.
*Please note, this information is subject to change.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 AM Wake-up/Get ready for the day
- 7:45 AM Breakfast
- 8:50 AM Stretching and Conditioning
- 9:00 AM Classroom Session/Lecture
- 10:00 AM Ball Handling Skills and Drills
- 10:30 AM Skill Development
- 11:00 AM Team Games
- 12:00 PM Lunch
- 1:45 PM Classroom Session/Lecture
- 3:00 PM Offensive/Defensive Skills Stations
- 5:00 PM Dinner
- 6:45 PM Classroom Session
- 8:00 PM Gym - Practices/Games
- 11:00 PM Lights out
Berry College is located near Rome in Northwest Georgia, only 65 miles northwest of Atlanta and 65 miles south of Chattanooga. Berry College, one of the world's largest campuses at 28,000-acres, offers a beautiful environment for learning. Overnight campers reside in the dormitories where staff act as resident advisors and supervise campers overnight. In addition to basketball instruction, campers will take part in nighttime activities like movie night and pizza night.
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He enjoyed instruction and criticism
June 26, 2017: The coach and his players were wonderful examples for my son. He enjoyed instruction and criticism. He learned so much and became more confident.
— Will G. Parent
Meeting new people and playing basketball all day
June 26, 2017: My favoirte part of camp was meeting new people and playing basketball all day. I would attend this camp again next summer.
— Cody L. Camper
June 24, 2017: Great job!! my favorite part was the 5v5 drills. Great food, great coaches, looking forward to coming to a game.
— Brennan H. Camper
My son has been practicing every day since camp!
July 25, 2016: Since the camp ended, my son has been going to the basketball court daily to practice his skills. I am so happy to see him so motivated!
— Linda C. Parent
Everyone gets rewarded for their hard work.
July 25, 2016: I really enjoyed this camp because the coaches and the players/campers made it a great experience. My most memorable experience was when i won MVT at the award ceremony because it meant a lot to me. My favorite part of camp was the award ceremony. The coaches made sure that all of the campers were rewarded for their hard work. I would recommend this camp to players who are serious about progressing their basketball skills and IQ.
— Kya C. Camper
Focuses on fudnamentals, skills, and scrimmages.
July 25, 2016: Out of two years attending this camp, everything always goes very smoothly and is well organized. My most memorable experience is being able to connect with friends from the previous camp year. The intensity is great and focuses on fundamentals, skills training, and practices/scrimmages. Very good training and helps to build one's confidence.
— Markhan B. Camper
Easy registration process.
July 25, 2016: As a parent, I enjoyed seeing the enthusiasm of the staff and the easiness of the registration process. My son has nothing but good things to say about this camp. He really enjoyed himself!
— Sharon H. Parent
All of the girls became really good friends.
July 26, 2016: All of the girls became really good friends so it was a lot of fun in that aspect. I also learned a lot and feel like I became a better player. My favorite part was the 5-on-5 games we played because it was like playing a game, but you kept switching opponents so there was a new challenge each time. I think that the camp was well planned and well executed.
— Katieanne P. Camper
My son says he learned a lot.
July 26, 2016: My son really enjoyed the camp and says he learned a lot. My only suggestion is to improve the food selection for next year.
— Andrea S. Parent
The counselors/coaches were incredibly motivating
The counselors/coaches were incredibly motivating...my son would practice outside until dark after a full day of camp. We will definitely sign up again.
My daughter is looking forward to camp next year
My daughter loved your camp. She came back with a new sense of basketball and responsibility as well. I was 100% satisfied with the results. My daughter is looking forward to gong to the camp next year!
My son came home with academic, character and basketball skill goals.
My son came home with academic, character and basketball skill goals. He says it was worth the time and money invested. My son expressed the need to continue the work and practice what he has learned by attending the camp - This is something that I have trying to encourage him to do since he started the sport. Therefore from a mother’s perspective his game has already improved.
— Lynnette H. Parent
I love the intensity of the program
I love the intensity of the program. My grandson learned fundamental and techniques that is helpful to him in order to perfect his playing of basketball.
— Tee B. Grandparent
The staff members were great and they were always enthusiastic!
The camp was great! I learned new things and perfected old things. The staff members were great and they were always enthusiastic! I will remember everything about this camp!
— Dalton K. Camper
Camp taught me new skills and made me a better player
The gym was great and the coaches made it fun to be there. I learned more about basketball and new skills like jump stops, pass fakes, and pump fakes. I still use the shooting drills that we practiced. Once I left camp I felt like a better player.
Camp gave me the courage
The camp gave me the courage to go out for the basketball team at my school this year.
This was the best one so far
Compared to other camps I’ve been to, this was the best one so far. And I liked the camp this year even better than last year.
Lots of fun and can’t wait for next year!
The staff was amazing people. LOVED the campus. I was taught many things I have never been taught before. Lots of fun and can’t wait for next year!
— David S. Camper
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